ePortal Newsletter March 18, 2017

March 18, 2017

In this Issue:

  • Core and Supplier Members: Upgrade NOW and Save!
  • Final call - All member dues invoices must be paid by April 1 or face cancellation
  • Hall of Honor Nominations close April 1

Core and Supplier Members: Upgrade NOW and Save!
There is no better time than now to consider UPGRADING to an IAM Governing Membership. This year, Governing Members will again have a full week of exclusive first access when the Annual Meeting registration website officially opens in the middle of April for Attendee Registrations and for selecting Exhibit Booths and Sponsorships for the 2017 IAM Annual Meeting & Expo in Long Beach, Calif. (Oct. 9-12). In addition to having first access to the annual meeting website, when you upgrade to the Governing Member level, you also receive many added-value benefits.

Final call - All member dues invoices must be paid by April 1 or face cancellation
IAM members who have not paid dues invoices in full by April 1 will be considered cancelled for nonpayment of dues. The names of these companies will be published to the full membership via eBlast within one week after the deadline. If your company wishes to be listed in the IAM directory, have access to RPP coverage, attend the IAM Annual Meeting & Expo, and enjoy the largest networking event in our industry, you must meet the April 1st deadline for payment.

Pay your invoice now by going online. Log on with your username and password, and click on the button "Pay Open Membership Invoices." If you need login credentials or other assistance, or would like to pay by check or bank wire, contact Membership@IAMovers.org.

Hall of Honor Nominations close April 1
Recognize your esteemed colleagues by nominating them for the coveted Hall of Honor. The deadline is close but you still have time. IAM has a simple online form so you can nominate someone right now. Don't wait too long or this opportunity will be gone! Contact Margaret Kerr.

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Industry News

According to future trends analyst Jim Carroll, if you want to get out in front of the next big change in trucking, keep in mind that when it comes to the future, you may have no idea what you should really be thinking about.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed recently between Chennai Port Trust and the Government of Puducherry in New Delhi for handling EXIM cargo originating from Puducherry Port hinterland. The MoU envisages that Chennai Port Trust will assist Puducherry Port in handling its export cargo.
In response to growing traffic through the waterway, the Panama Canal has announced that it will launch a state-of-the-art vessel scheduling and maritime resource management system to further optimize costs, improve safety and increase the overall efficiency and reliability of the service it provides.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants all heavy trucks to have speed limiters - devices that block big rigs from driving above a certain predetermined speed. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - which is also pushing for lower speed limits - and other groups support NHTSA's planned regulation. While no one wants to see 80,000-pound tractor-trailers traveling at unsafe speeds, there's plenty of evidence that shows why devices that keep trucks from accelerating above a certain level for what is likely to be a short distance isn't a good idea.
Finnair has confirmed that it will have to cancel more than 90 of its flights through its home hub of Helsinki Airport tomorrow (17 March) because of a strike at Finland's biggest air gateway. The strike, to be held between 3pm and 7pm Eastern European Time (EET, two hours ahead of UTC), does not involve Finnair staff, but is the result of a dispute between the Finnish Aviation Union(IAU) and Palta, a service sector employer union.
The Vietnamese-flagged general cargo ship Phu An 268 was attacked by pirates in Philippine waters off Boan Island, on March 5, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre informs. Fortunately, the captain of the vessel managed to escape the attack by increasing speed and maneuvering head towards Malaysia.
According to a report published by SCI Verkehr, Germany, all types of rail traffic are expected to grow up to 2025, building on the growth already achieved since 2005. The strongest growth is expected in urban rail, followed by mainline passenger and freight.
It's important for companies to consider how they'll build global supply chain visibility, especially when third party service providers own the execution data around shipment status, carrier performance, and freight costs within their own systems.
ATA's chief executive expects trucking to debate on a wide range of different topics in the coming year, even down to the assignment of radio channels by the FCC.
Eleven container liner transportation companies have promised to cut or standardize the Terminal Handling Charges in order to lower nearly 3.5 billion yuan burden of export enterprises each year, according to National Development and Reform Commission. This move is expected to save more than $500m annually for the country's traders. THC is the major surcharge of sea transportation that is collected from export enterprises by container liner transportation companies.
Azerbaijan officially inaugurated a new cross-border link to the Iranian city of Astara on March 5 when the first test train crossed the newly-constructed dual-gauge bridge over the Astarachay river, which divides the two countries. Construction on the 8.3km link began in April 2016, and the line runs from Astara, Azerbaijan, to the Iranian border city of the same name. The Azerbaijan - Iran project is considered as a key missing link in the North-South Transport Corridor, which is proposed to provide a direct rail link between India and the Caucuses to Russia and northern Europe, and is projected to carry up to 10 million tonnes of freight per year.

Member News

Coleman Worldwide Moving Renews Move for Hunger Partnership
Coleman Worldwide Moving, a global moving company and agent for Allied Van Lines, is pleased to announce a renewed partnership with Move for Hunger. For 2017, Coleman has agreed to be a Patron Sponsor for the non-profit organization that is committed to fighting hunger and reducing food waste throughout the United States and Canada. The New Year marks the fifth anniversary of a relationship between Move for Hunger and Coleman Worldwide Moving. During that relationship, Coleman has assisted with donating more than a quarter-million pounds (or over 300,000 meals) to food banks and food cabinets throughout the country.
Allyson Nordstrom-Geraghty Joins Arpin International Group as Director of GSA Services
Allyson Nordstrom-Geraghty has joined Arpin International Group as director of GSA services. In her position, she will be responsible for managing and growing GSA client relationships by focusing on customer needs, developing service delivery models and negotiating rates and pricing. Previously, Allyson was the director of government contract services at The Paxton Companies. She has held various GSA positions over the past 14 years and has an extensive background in operations. She is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and holds a bachelor's degree in international affairs. Allyson is based in Northern Virginia.

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock meets with JK Moving Services
JK Moving Services was pleased to host U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock from Virginia's 10
th District at its headquarters in Sterling, VA on, March 6. The visit was part of an effort to raise awareness among elected officials of the benefits that professional relocation service providers deliver to communities, and the challenges facing the industry regionally and nationwide. Comstock's agenda covered the new administration's plans; reviewed updates on transportation-related concerns, and a tour of JK's expansive campus.

Interstate Acquires American Red Ball World Wide Movers
InterstateGroup Holdings, Inc., parent company of Interstate Van Lines, Inc., one of the country's largest independent moving companies, is pleased to announce the acquisition of American Red Ball World Wide Movers, one of the oldest household goods carriers in the United States. The joining of these two successful and enduring companies will enhance Interstate's growth plans, as well as its capabilities to serve corporate, government and private customers.